Sunday, October 23, 2011

South Island, New Zealand

Kia Ora!

 Days at the Kiwi Land.

 Day 1 

When we reached  Christchurch, it was almost midnight. Waited hungrily at the airport, to pick out our pre-rented car, a hatch back Toyota Corolla. I am thinking to get this car in the future. Perhaps another version, as this model does not exist in this country. The 11 hours flight did make us super hungry. Food in plane was not ample enough for both of us. Once we got our car, we proceed to our Point Break Backpackers in New Brighton. Every where was dark, shops are closed and we were so hungry. The lady manager who checked in for us made us sandwiches. She was sleeping when we arrived, luckily she offered to prepare us sandwiches before we head to bed.

Toyota  Corolla Hatchback

Day 2

Point Break Backpackers
We woke up pretty early that day. Before 8 am we were outside the backpacker's inn strolling around. It was quiet. The weather was breezing. 
New Brighton

We don't see anyone at that hour. We were the only 2 crazy lads who were strolling around the town. So we headed back to the backpackers and had our breakfast. 

Sandwich of the day!
Companion by the table She made me miss my dogs.
We stop by at the New Brighton beach before we proceed our journey to the South. 

There is a big glass window  at the back of the library where you can sit and read and mesmerize the sea.

While heading South, we noticed the roads were quite devastated due to the earthquake. Tremors were felt at some point. 

Along the journey .... you'll see plains, heaps of mountain and tress.. everything was so blue , green and tranquil.

The 7-9 hours driving journey was like a WOW factor to us. The scenery was too beautiful to be  disregard. I am so in  love with New Zealand. The scenery was so picturesqueness that one cant even express the beauty of it. It was truly breath taking. It makes you want to roll on the greens and just mesmerize the beauty of the mother nature. At that moment you just want to pray that the time will stop.

Things got more excited when we saw the next scene ...

God's creation are magnificent. I never thought we will spot a lake in the middle of our journey.We have reached Lake Tekapo. Every hour we were blessed with beautiful scenery.  The lake was so blue that you cant really believe it with your own eyes! I have never seen such a place in my whole life. 

There are pit stop, restaurant, motels and hotels at Lake Tekapo.  Driving is comfortable in South Island as there are not many cars. You are only allowed to drive 50 - 100 km/hr. Driver is on the right hand side. We did not stay over night at Lake Tekapo,  we continue heading South after lunch.

When you passed by Lindis Pass, you will know that you are already half way through the South. Roads might be icy during winter and one might need chain if road's condition worsen. Do check website for more information on the weather forecast and road condition of New Zealand before journey.

As we passed Lindis Pass, it was soon dusk. There were no lamp post along the highway. I suggest its best to drive during the day, We passed by T- junction to Mount Cook then Tanzel, Omara before we finally reached Queenstown.

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